Visible scars 100 years after the Battle of the Somme • Earth.com

Last update: July 16th, 2019 at 2:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Somme River in northern France, which still carries battle scars from the First World War.

The Battle of the Somme remains one of the deadliest combats in history, with over one million fatalities in just four and a half months of fighting.

Some of the craters from the explosives and the trenches used by soldiers are still visible from above.

This year, Veteran’s Day marks 100 years since the end of World War I.

The image was captured on October 21, 2018 by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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